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[10/9/2013] Softbank Hawks: Hidenori Tanoue announces retirement

by on Oct.09, 2013 @ 7:52 pm, under NPB

The Softbank Hawks announced that Hidenori Tanoue (33) is retiring.

The following comment by Tanoue was provided by the organization via the official team website:

To the fans, thank you for your support over the last twelve years. You really helped me out. The Hawks organization picked me up after I left the Dragons and I wanted this team to be my last. I thought it might be best to leave the game now, instead of waiting until I after I can no longer hit the ball. I hit a home run during my last at bat at the Farm Championships on the 6th. It was not an Ichi-gun game, but I stepped into the batter's box thinking it might be my last official at bat. That I was able to hit a home run in front of the younger players will be my lasting memory. Thank you very much.

Source: official announcement